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California Law Books
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The Copyright Clause in the U.S. Constitution that grants Congress the authority to establish Copyrights:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei
“The Congress shall have power . . . To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8).

U.S. Copyright Statute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode17/usc_sup_01_17.html
This is the statute that sets forth the law for copyrights in America.

The Berne Convention
http://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/berne/overview.html
This is an international treaty that governs copyrights in the world.

Copyright Basics
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
The United States Copyright Office’s circular that explains the basics of copyright law.

U.S. Code, Title 15, Chapter 22 (The Lanham Act)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/15/ch22.html
This statute sets forth federal trademark law for the United States. It also includes the Madrid Protocol which sets forth the international system for registration of marks.

Trademark Basics
http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/index.jsp
The United States Patent and Trademark Office explains the basics of trademark law.

California Right of Publicity Statute
http://library.findlaw.com/1998/Feb/1/130405.html
This is the law in California that protects the right of publicity.

California Secretary of State
http://www.sos.ca.gov/
Among other duties, the Secretary of State maintains business filings and trademark filings in California.